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Talkin' Pagan Christs with Glenn Danzig.

Miss Kittin plays with Otto Von Shirach at 10 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at I/O, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show. Call 305-358-8007.

Diamond Uncovered

Few musicians polarize critics the way Neil Diamond does. But come November 8, when his latest album drops, they might not have the Rev. Blue Jeans to kick around anymore. Produced by Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash), Neil Diamond is being called his best work in 40 years and could finally earn him the recognition his long career deserves. Just consider how many of Diamond's songs have become standards and then, as covers, became standards again. Here are a few that Outtakes would like to hear pumping from the hi-fi:

Christopher Smith

"Kentucky Woman" by the White Stripes

Jack and Meg have covered everyone from Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan to Burt Bacharach and Dolly Parton. What's their beef with Neil? Produced almost as sparingly as a Stripes album, the countrified pop of "Kentucky Woman" is ideal for a reinterpretation by rock's most countrified duo. Plus, we already know Jack has a thing for one "Kentucky Woman" — Ms. Loretta Lynn. Why not add another mama for some bluesy, three-way action?

"America" by Daddy Yankee

Raymond "Daddy Yankee" Ayala became an international reggaeton star with "Gasolina," but to establish himself as a true crossover success with nowhere to go except up, nothing says "love me" like a flag-waving Neil Diamond number.

"Captain Sunshine" by Elliot Smith

Smith 's final release, From a Basement on the Hill, was strangely optimistic despite the suicide that's associated with it. Every hipster loves irony, though, and Smith's version of "Captain Sunshine" would've been a raggedy, morose, deliciously morbid cover brought all the more to life by the pained singer/songwriter's warm, melancholic voice.

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

If the happily marrieds have been looking for a duet, they should realize no song would work better than Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." In Spanish! The lyrics, about a relationship fizzling out in the bedroom, will be all the more appropriate once their romance goes south. And it will, trust us — Lopez is the Elizabeth Taylor of the music biz.

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" by Clay Aiken

Aiken may possess a bright, soaring voice that endears him to overweight, preteenaged girls, but the Muppet hair and inability to glower pretty much neuter the kid. He could mainline some manhood with a cover of Diamond's darkly sexual tune, though Lord help us if anyone ever confuses him with the Jewish Elvis. — Cole Haddon

Neil Diamond plays at 8 p.m. Friday, October 21, at the BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise. Tickets cost $44.75 to $77.25. Call 954-835-8000.

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